Gears

 
Beautiful-yet-nail-biting game tests balance and precision.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are two control methods -- either tilting the iPad to roll the ball, or flicking it in the direction you want it to go. Depending on your personal style, one or the other is bound to feel much better to you. But neither is inherently flawed in any way.

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Your marble can hit into red boxes to destroy them for extra points, but that's about it.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gears is a tense, skill-testing game in which you must navigate a metallic ball along a series of ramps and spinning cog wheels in order to reach your goal. Since you control a ball, rather than a living character of any kind, there's no real violence, even when the ball falls off the course into oblivion. The suggested age of 8 years reflects the hard challenge factor of this game. While there is an easy mode with no timer and unlimited lives, you will still need patience to keep trying over and over again. Players can play by tilting their iDevice or by flicking the ball.

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QUALITY
 

GEARS is a stunningly gorgeous game, with a unique and imaginative steampunk style that's a whole lot of fun just to look at. It also has gameplay that is fantastic as well. While certainly not the first or only ball-rolling maze game app, the multi-tiered levels and moving parts of Gears' labyrinth really make it stand out above the rest. The game can be quite challenging, but the three difficulty levels make it easy for players of any skill level to find a mode they can handle: Play with or without a time limit, for instance; play with one life or limitless lives. And if you feel you've mastered the game, you can always try playing it with a different control scheme, because using tilt controls and flick controls feel almost like two completely separate games.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:April 28, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:Crescent Moon Games
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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